With breathtaking beaches, lush tropical rainforest, and idyllic hinterland scenery, Byron Bay is the perfect place to escape, unwind, and relax. Experience Byron’s natural beauty with a five-day yoga and meditation retreat, hosted by Awaken Meditation Retreats.
Run by life coach and author Karen Wilson, the retreats focus on self-development, with an emphasis on the practice of meditation and mindfulness. Learning to quiet the mind and bring your focus into the present moment can be life changing, and there’s no better place to start this journey than the beautiful Byron Shire.
Awaken yoga and meditation retreats include daily yoga, daily meditation and mindfulness practice, all meals (delicious vegetarian food), excursions and explorations of Byron Bay and surrounds, and twin share or private room accommodation.
Each retreat is held in a different location. Usually, they take place in a private holiday house in the Byron Shire situated either within walking distance to the beach or among the rolling hills and luscious greenery of the hinterland. Connecting to the natural environment is an important part of Awaken yoga and meditation retreats.
Group sizes are kept small to ensure each and every individual is given care and attention within a peaceful, personal, non-judgmental environment.
Byron Bay’s Awaken yoga and meditation retreats teach guests tools and techniques they can use to soften the mind, minimise stress, and experience greater peace in their day-to-day lives.
Presented by the Byron Community Centre, First Sun is an opportunity for you and your family to welcome the New Year at the iconic Cape Byron Lighthouse.
First Sun begins at 5.30am on January 1, with a silent sunrise meditation. The meditation, paired with a breathtaking view of the year’s first sunlight rising over the ocean, allows participants to set a meaningful intention for the New Year.
Following the meditation, there will be free yoga and Hawaiian Flying – a perfect chance to start the year off in a positive, healthful way.
First Sun aims to showcase the peaceful essence of Byron Bay, the beauty of the region, and the community spirit.
Shuttle buses will run from Clarks Beach car park to the lighthouse between 5am and 8am. Parking will be restricted from Clarks Beach to the Lighthouse between midnight, December 31, 2016 and 8am, January 1, 2017.
The 2017 Byron Spirit Festival, Custodians of Culture. 31 Mar - 2 Apr 2017. Mullumbimby.
The Byron Spirit Festival celebrates the unique character of the Byron Shire, featuring workshops and panels on yoga, music, culture, dance, healing and world music. Participants attend their choice of workshops during the day and then gather together for evening concerts featuring world music from local, national and international performers and dancers.
The event is based in the town of Mullumbimby, 15 minutes from Byron Bay. The Byron Spirit Festival provides workshops and entertainment for the whole family and incorporates existing venues in the town, such as the civic centre, community gardens, local halls and churches.
The event inspires well being and has been called the best festival of its kind in Australia as it seeks to create a strong sense of community and healthy lifestyle. With a celebration of various cultural practices and traditions, the festival is an example of cultural harmony and celebrates spiritual and racial diversity as a key to building healthy communities.
This week Byron will become the permanent home of the two largest crystals in the world, a towering 5.5 metre smoky quartz geode and a 5.5 metre wide amethyst geode cave. The Crystal Castle in the Byron hinterland has purchased the natural giants in a monumental deal with a Uruguayan farmer and long term friend of the Castle. The acquisition marks the Crystal Castle’s 30 th Anniversary and they will join what is already the largest outdoor display of crystals in the world.
Naren King inside the enchanted crystal cave
“Thirty years ago we were seen as offbeat hippies out the back of Byron Bay” said Naren King, the Crystal Castle’s “Managing Dreamer”. From humble beginnings on their twelve acre property Naren and his family have guided the Crystal Castle, which encompasses the world renowned Shambhala Gardens, to their current status as a State Significant Tourist Attraction. In 2012 the Castle added the only Kalachakra Stupa for World Peace in the Southern Hemisphere, a project blessed by His Holiness The Dalai Lama. Thousands of visitors of all ages and faiths make the pilgrimage along the scenic escarpment to visit annually. Princess Mary of Denmark, Chris Hemsworth and his family, Katy Perry and Natalie Imbruglia were all enchanted. Kerry O’Brien is a regular.
Naren King and daughter Manya King with the world's biggest crystal
Both crystals, estimated to be 120 million years old, will be on display for visitors to experience. The amethyst cave, becoming known as the “enchanted cave” will also be available for group and private meditations, where visitors can sit inside the crystal for intensive inspiration. “Amethyst has many qualities, perhaps the most powerful being higher inspiration” said Naren King. “So we are creating a range of guided meditations that people can listen to whilst inside the crystal, if they choose. It’s an extraordinary experience to sit inside this cave surrounded by millions of sparkling crystals”.
The science behind crystals has long been accepted with clear quartz used in high precision surgery, computer chips, watches and electric guitars. “Amethyst and smoky quartz are clear quartz with certain minerals present” explained King, “So whilst clear quartz is programmable these crystals come with their own program, or specific healing energies. It’s no coincidence that the Pope’s ring is amethyst and the Queen’s crown is set with crystals”.
Naren King hails from globally renowned esoteric stock. To survive three years in Changi as a prisoner of the Japanese during the Second World War his father, Sydney Piddington (King changed his surname) developed an ESP show for the other prisoners of war to help maintain morale. Following the war Sydney and his young wife Lesley were signed to present a series of live radio broadcasts for the BBC “The Piddingtons”, which garnered 20 million listeners.
The broadcasts, which demonstrated the Piddingtons’ telepathic abilities, was the first BBC broadcast from the stratosphere and saw Naren’s mother as the only woman to be locked up in the Tower of London and get out alive. To this day the Piddingtons are considered to be one of the greatest two-person telepathy acts of all time.
“People have travelled to Byron for inspiration and dreaming for thousands of years” said Byron Shire Mayor Simon Richardson. “So it is only fitting that these beacons of hope should make their way here. I can’t wait to see them”.
WILLOW is a one of a kind interactive and digital magazine, with a strong online presence. She has been created to provide support, love and empowerment to help women transition into motherhood with ease.
With focus on gentle birthing and conscious parenting, WILLOW provides a wealth of information for the parent looking to lead by the heart.
WILLOW is more than a magazine, she is also a community and opportunity for mothers and parents to share, interact, support and nurture themselves and others through the newness and uniqueness of every birth from conception through to the early years.
The founders Fiona Olsen, Arihia Henry and Sandra Colley are all young mothers themselves and with the support of professionals and experts are proud to present to you the Issue 1 The Conception. Among her pages you’ll find expert advice, real life experience and relevant conversation on topics covering pregnancy, birth and beyond. This trinity of #startupmoms share a combined background in child care, special needs education, business management, neuro/training, kinesiology, yoga, writing and nutrition.
Willow ushers in the new business fractal of giving and receiving, through seeding a philanthropic model that creates a new paradigm for parents, families, communities and corporate spaces.
May no mama ever feel alone or unsupported again.
20% of every purchase sold will be donated to a chosen mother baby charity, with the first edition of The Conception donated to Yaysan Bumi Sehat foundation in Indonesia. Bumi Sehat provides free birth care for mothers and babies.
WILLOW was launched on the 28th of March 2016 and intends to be a triannual publication. Find issue 1 at: www.bit.ly/theconception.
The Byron Spirit Festival brings together leading teachers of yoga, dance, nutrition, health, indigenous culture and conscious music from around Australia and abroad. Participants attend workshops of their choice in these modalities, and celebrate through music, dance, chanting, story-telling, and ceremony , to create greater harmony, awareness and healing for individuals and the community.
The festival format encompasses workshops for both children and adults. The festival has been designed to incorporate local; interstate and international professionals to capitalize on the branding of the region as Australia's premier destination for healthy lifestyle practices and holistic living.
The event is located throughout the entire town of Mullumbimby utilizing existing venues such as the Civic Hall, churches and schools. This enlivens the entire community and showcases the special charm of the town. The Festival incorporates a Free Community Village with concerts, talks, meditations, food and vendors. This allows the entire community to participate in the event without needing to purchase a ticket.
Attendees, artists and personnel are bought together by this unique event to experience abundance and support in community. The support of Festivals Australia would enable the project to expand to include more presenters and to develop different aspects of the festival further. A deepening of the focus on health and well being; indigeneous culture & sustainable lifestyles.
The 4th BYRON SPIRIT FESTIVAL returns to Mullum April 15 - 17, 2016
The inaugural Byron Spirit Festival will immerse participants in mesmeric, healing music throughout the weekend. In addition to the three evenings of concerts and dances, spontaneous and programmed kirtans, sound showers, chanting circles, and jams will take place in venues night and day.
From Sydney we welcome the rapturous rhythms of Edo & Jo and their eclectic live kirtan. Former Byronite Carmella Baynie is an award-winning composer and singer who's range of sacred music takes in renaissance, choral singing, and traditional forms from India and Africa. Bali-based Daphne Tse is the rare contemporary folk singer/songwriter who's source material is her spiritual practice. Mullum's own Lucknow Sankirtan has developed a unique voice, and their playful approach to chant circles reaches deeply into the heart. No previous experience necessary to fully experience these uplifting and healing sessions of devotional music.
Friday night's concert begins with a Welcome to Country by local indigenous elders, a blessing by Mother Maya, and a Greg Sheehan percussion circle (bring something to bang on!). Kevin James and Mel Dobra will lead the first kirtans of the festival, fresh from their hugely popular appearances at the Woodford Folk Festival, followed by Future Sound of Yoga. This Sydney-based duo have been taking their sensory and sacred live DJ dance event to festivals in Hong Kong, Bali and finally to Mullumbimby. The OKA boys will ensure no body is unmoved as they bring their electric Didj, pumping beats and message of love and harmony to the first night dance party.
On Saturday night, bring a cushion and settle in for a journey around the globe's top conscious musical forms. Composer, mulit-instrumentalist and true traveller through cultures is Mullum's own Yeshe. From a start in Germany to a life lived through music in Africa, Asia, North America, and Australia, Yeshe's multi-lingual songs performed on exotic instruments will mesmerize. Nomadic Voices blends Hebrew devotional songs, Middle Eastern, European, and North African melodies and rhythms to create moving traditional and original compositions. For the second half, Deva Premal & Miten, performing with Manose on basuri flute, and Denmark's Maneesh de Moor on piano, will share their songs and chants from twenty years on the road. And for the first time anywhere, they'll also perform two pieces with the Gyuto Monks.
Sunday's closing event mixes it up with a Healing Soundshower lead by Avishai Barnatan and his array of Tibetan Bowls, flutes, chimes, overtone singing and natural soundscapes. GLO Dance joins Byron Spirit Festival in presenting Deya Dova and her tribal world dance fusion, plus Earthdance founder Chris Deckker's DJ turn with global electro beats to insure our final gathering unites us all.